A Promise for Advent

When I read a passage like Isaiah 2 and I know it is prophetic for the children of Israel but I wonder what is it saying to us in 2017 during the Advent season.

Isaiah 2 says that “in the days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the highest mountain and all nations shall stream toward it and many will say ‘Come let us climb the Lord’s mountain to the house of the God of Jacob so that he may instruct us in his ways and that we may walk in his paths’.”  Does anyone want to go to church to really find God there?  There are many reasons to go to church:  it is a social place, we want children to have a biblical foundation, we like the building, we like the music, we like the preaching/teaching, or we go to appease our guilt.  Most of us don’t go with the excitement that we can hardly wait to get there because God may show up and/or something supernatural may happen.  Some people have bubbly exciting personalities that just tend to look for the unusual, but what about those of us who don’t get bubbly and we are the skeptics who want to see proof.  How do we combine both of those into our lives and renew our excitemen
t for God.

There have been a few times in my life where I have seen the miraculous happen in a church setting but why it is it the exception and not the norm?  Maybe we can find it in Psalm 122 where David said “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” It starts with me and my attitude and it continues with giving thanks to the name of the Lord, praying for the peace of Jerusalem, praying for those you love to prosper,  and that peace may be within your walls.  “I will say, ‘Peace be within you!’ because of the house of the Lord our God and I will pray for your good.”  It seems as I reach out to others expecting nothing back in return, God visits me.

Author: Karen Epp

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